A Special Invitation to Join … 
Our RUMC Family!

At Riverview First UMC we believe that involvement in a local faith community is an avenue to live out our call to follow our savior and lord, Jesus Christ. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey with Christ, you are welcome here at RUMC. You don’t need to join to participate in the life of our church family. But, for those ready to make an initial or ongoing commitment to follow Christ, becoming a member is an awesome way to live out that promise! You are very important to us, and years down the road, we will be blessed by your decision. Remember: “We are making friends for eternity” here at RUMC.

You are warmly invited to become a member of Riverview First United Methodist Church in one of the following ways:

By Profession of Faith:  If you have never been a member of any church, you join formally through baptism, and become a member by a “Profession of Faith”. By this method, you say yes to Jesus and receive Him as your personal lord and savior.

By Transfer from Another Church:  If you have been active member at another United Methodist Church, or a church of another denomination, you can join us via a “Transfer of Membership”. It is not necessary for you to write your former church to get your membership letter. Since you are already baptized, you will be asked to take the vow taken by all members of the United Methodist Church. “Will you be loyal to Christ through United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness?”

By Re-Affirmation of Faith:  If you have professed your faith and have been a member of another church (or any denomination), but you haven’t been active for a while, you can still become a member of our church. Your baptism is accepted, and you will be received into membership by a Re-Affirmation of faith.

If you are ready to take this opportunity to accept our invitation and are interested in baptism and/or church membership, please contact Pastor Merritt or the church office (677-5995). Pastor will be honored to speak and pray with you about your decision.

  (Read Hebrews 10:19-25)
Calendar of Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 10
First Day of School

Thursday, August 10 – 
Friday, August 11
Willow Creek Leadership Summit. Bay Hope United Methodist Church, Lutz, Florida

Sunday, August 13
Back-to-School Ice Cream Social. Crichton Hall, 11:45 AM

Tuesday, August 29
Staff-Parish Relations Committee Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM

Monday, September 11
United Methodist Women. Library, 7:00 PM
United Methodist Men. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 12
Finance Committee Budget Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 17
Cuban Sandwich Sunday.  Crichton Hall, 11:45 AM

Thursday, October 12
Annual Charge Conference.  Sanctuary, 3:30 PM

Saturday, October 21
UMM Flapjack Fundraiser.  Applebee’s Restaurant, Providence and Lumsden, Brandon, 7-9 AM
August Revival and Renewal Services
Pastor Merritt will be leading a series of Revival and Renewal Services throughout the month of August. Please be in prayer for the success of these services to reach into the hearts of our congregation and the soul of our community.

The theme for our revival services is taken from Psalm 85:6: “Revive us again that your people may rejoice in you.”

Ice Cream Social This Sunday 
To mark the beginning of the school year, on this Sunday (August 13th) you are invited to eat your dessert first. The Care Committee is sponsoring an ice cream social immediately after worship in Crichton. We are inviting everyone to come and make their own ice cream sundae in celebration of back to school and more weeks of summer, too!

Our Charge Conference Coming in October
Our church’s Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM in our sanctuary. This meeting date and time was set to accommodate our new Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis—who is attempting to meet with each of the more 50 new churches in our Gulf Central Conference.  

 “Cool Off for Summer” Campaign
As we enter the last month of summer, we have reached our goal for raising the $3,500 to pay off all our air conditioning repair expenses. We contributed more than $1,520 in individual giving, and there were two matching gifts of $1,000 each. While our air conditioning bills have all been paid, there is now the matter of tree removal to consider. It will cost us more than $800 to have the downed tree removed from the parking lot. So, let’s keep the “Cool Off for Summer” campaign going throughout August to pay off this extra unexpected cost.  Remember to add $5 to your weekly contribution and designate it to the Building Fund.













Helping Our Children
Again this fall, we will be helping our friends at Riverview Elementary School through our donation of school supplies. Please note that only unopened, packaged basic supplies will be accepted. The school cannot accept used items, toys, DVD’s, books, etc. Supply bins have been placed in the narthex and outside the church office.

We are also collecting children’s books as part of the Metropolitan Ministry project. The books are to be supplied to children who attend our Saturday luncheons in partnership with Metropolitan Ministry.

Your donations in helping children in either of these ministries will be greatly blessed.

Upcoming Social Events
In September, the Care Committee will be doing a Cuban sandwich and chips luncheon. Both these events are planned to immediately follow our church serve at approximately 11:45 AM.

The United Methodist Men have scheduled their next Flapjack Fundraiser for Saturday, October 21st. The breakfast will be held at the Applebee’s Restaurant on Providence Road just north of Lumsden Avenue. Tickets and more information on the Flapjack Fundraiser will be available in September.

Confirmation Classes
If any youth are interested in attending Confirmation Class this fall, please notify Pastor Merritt by the end of August. Confirmation is a process whereby youth in middle school or high school learn about Christian faith and Methodist beliefs and traditions. At the end of the process, the attendees will confirm their faith commitment to Jesus Christ, and will become full members of the RUMC church family.

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Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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August 13 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Works Versus the Spirit
I just want to know this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the Law or by believing what you heard? Are you so irrational? After you started with the Spirit, are you now finishing up with your own human effort? Did you experience so much for nothing? I wonder if it really was for nothing. So does the one providing you with the Spirit and working miracles among you do this by you doing the works of the Law or by you believing what you heard?

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.

You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:2-4, 25-29 (CEB)

RUMC Ministry News

RESTORE:  In July, RESTORE, led by Maritza Rivera and Dan Yost, served 352 households, for a total of 1,395 individuals. RESTORE has a loyal group of 12 volunteers who work tirelessly sorting, distributing and picking up food and working in the thrift store.

OUTREACH:  The RUMC Outreach ministry is being led by Bev Aveyard. Through the summer, Bev has been busily collecting children’s books for distribution to our community. She has distributed 70 children’s books on Saturdays to the Metropolitan Ministry Meal Partnership families. She has also solicited monetary donations and has given $100 worth of school supplies to needy children.












METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES PARTNERSHIP:  Zack and Dawn Parks are leading this effort, which involves a large team of volunteers. The goal of this project is to provide hot luncheons to our neighbors on Saturdays in partnership with Metropolitan Ministries (www.metromin.org). In the first five weeks, we have served 135 folks from our neighborhood. We have recruited 114 people and all ages come to volunteer or help in some way. We have been blessed with the Friday pickup of RESTORE bakery items to supplement our nutritional needs.

Even though the rough cost of a meal from Metropolitan Ministries is $1.96, we have been assured that this cost is being covered by donations to that organization. If you are interested in donated to the cost of our immediate program, including paper goods and related supplies, just mark your portion of your gift on your tithing envelope as “MetroMin”. Your contribution will go directly to an account set aside to support our partnership. Or, if you are a regular contributor to Metropolitan Ministries and want to send them a gift to help offset our hot meals, you can send your contribution in care of Karl Celestine, Senior Director, Outreach and Preventative Services 2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602.